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17 Feb 2012
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Highlights of the week


From 16 to 18 February, IOC President Jacques Rogge took part in the 5th IOC World Conference on Women and Sport, which was held in Los Angeles (USA).
On this occasion, he took part in the award ceremony for the 2012 IOC Women and Sport trophies, in the presence of Anita L. DeFrantz, IOC member and Chair of the IOC Women and Sport Commission, and Lawrence Probst, President of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). See “Commissions” section.

President Rogge also met the Board of Directors of the LA84 Foundation, whose President is Anita L. DeFrantz, and IOC member James L. Easton. He also participated in a Q&A session on the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games, which was organised at the University of Southern California, in the presence of athletes training at the University and Olympians living in Southern California.


On 14 February in Port-au-Prince, Mario Vázquez Raña, who is also the President of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), represented the IOC President at the foundation stone-laying ceremony at the Olympic Youth Development Centre in Haiti, in the presence of Minister for Youth, Sport and Civic Action, Jean Roosevelt René; the President of the Haitian NOC, Jean Edouard Baker; and the Secretary General of the Pan-American Sports Organisation (PASO), Jimena Saldaña de Aja. This Centre will be constructed under the patronage of the President of the Republic, Joseph Michel Martelly, and the IOC.

Ching-Kuo Wu, who is also President of the International Boxing Federation (AIBA), recently enjoyed a double celebration: the fourth anniversary of the Olympic Museum in Xiamen (People’s Republic of China) of which he is the founder, and his 24th anniversary as an IOC member. At the ceremony attended by numerous officials from Xiamen City and athletes, Ching-Kuo Wu read out a congratulatory message from President Rogge.

Philip Craven, who is also President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), has been named as the 2012 recipient of the Foundation for Global Sports Development’s Humanitarian Award. He will receive this award at a ceremony organised at London's Globe Theatre on 28 July 2012.


This week, the Coordination Commission for the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi in 2014, chaired by Jean-Claude Killy, concluded its seventh visit to the Russian city of Sochi, as organisers move from the planning and construction phase to the operational readiness phase. The Commission began its three-day visit by taking in the first Alpine Ski World Cup event organised in Russia, in Rosa Khutor – which will host the Alpine skiing in 2014 – and meeting the President of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Medvedev, who re-empahsised the state’s strong support for the Olympic Games.

Organised jointly from 16 to 18 February by the Women and Sport Commission, the USOC and the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games, the 5th IOC World Conference on Women and Sport brought together over 700 participants and eminent speakers from the sports community, the UN system, specialised organisations, governments, the business world and the media. This theme of this edition was “Together Stronger: the Future of Sport”. On the opening night of the Conference, the 2012 Women and Sport trophies were awarded to six recipients selected by IOC Women and Sport Commission from a pool of 52 nominees. The continental trophies were awarded for Africa to Peninnah Aligawesa Kabenge (Uganda); for the Americas to the the Bradesco Sports and Education Programme and Centre (Brazil); for Asia to Zaiton Othman (Malaysia), for Europe to Aikaterini Nafplioti-Panagopoulos (Greece); and for Oceania to Roseline Blake (Cook Islands). The World Trophy was awarded to India’s Manisha Malhotra. More info on the winners can be found here, and info on the Conference recommendations will appear in the next edition of the Olympic highlights.


The IOC has announced that, by the deadline of 15 February 2012, the cities of Istanbul (Turkey), Tokyo (Japan), Baku (Azerbaijan), Doha (Qatar) and Madrid (Spain) (in order of drawing of lots) had submitted their Application Files to host the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in 2020. The 2020 host city election will take place on 7 September 2013 at the IOC Session in Buenos Aires (Argentina).


A delegation from the International Swimming Federation (FINA) recently visited Moscow (Russian Federation) to discuss preparations for the 2nd FINA World Aquatics Convention, which will be held from 30 October to 1 November 2012 in the Russian capital, and the 16th World Championships to be held in July 2015 in Kazan. FINA President Julio César Maglione, who is also an IOC member, and FINA Executive Director Cornel Marculescu met with the Minister for Sport, Tourism and Youth, Vitaly Mutko, as well as the Olympic champion and President of the Russian Swimming Federation, Vladimir Salnikov. More info at

The World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) has announced the appointment of Switzerland’s Jean-Marie Ayer as its Secretary General, as of 14 February. Director of the WTF Lausanne Office for the last six years, Jean-Marie Ayer replaces Jin Suk Yang who, after five years in this position, becomes Chairman of the WTF Academy.
In addition, the WTF has informed us that, following six Olympic qualification tournaments, 59 NOCs (including that of the host city, which, automatically qualifies) will be represented in the taekwondo competitions at the London Games. In total, 128 athletes will compete from 8 to 11 August 2012 to win Olympic medals. More info at


The host cities of the 2013 and 2015 editions of the Junior Women’s World Softball Championships will be Brampton (Ontario, Canada) and Oklahoma City (Oklahoma, USA)  respectively.  More info at, the web site of the International Softball Federation (ISF).


The Guatemalan NOC has announced the official launch of the Friends of Olympic Sport Foundation (Fundación Amigos del Deporte Olímpico - FADO). The Foundation’s objective will be to contribute to the development of Guatemalan Olympic sport, in close collaboration with the NOC. Info at

On 8 February, at the Lithuanian NOC headquarters, a ceremony was held to celebrate Lithuania’s participation in the Albertville Olympic Winter Games, 20 years ago. Many athletes, sports executives and officials attended. In 1992, the Olympic delegation was led by the current NOC President, Arturas Poviliunas. To mark this anniversary, the Lithuanian Olympic Collectors Association, whose President is A. Gudiskis, organised a photo exhibition. Worldwide Olympic Partner Procter & Gamble was also in attendance, to present its “Thank you, Mom” campaign. Info on

We have just learned of the organisation in Kara of a seminar on Olympism in school and the sports community by the Togolese NOC at the end of last November. Most of the 51 participants were physical education teachers from schools in Kara and its surroundings. After the talks, working groups addressed the theme of “which policy can propagate Olympism in school and the sports community through the Togolese NOC and national sports federations?”. Following this information day, the participants and their pupils took part in a course at the stadium in Kara.

RIO 2016

The Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2016 (Rio 2016) has announced the opening to the public of the first sports venue, the Sambódromo. Completely renovated, this site for the city’s annual carnival celebrations will host the archery and the start and finish of the marathon for the 2016 Games. On 12 February, over 1,000 athletes and carnival revellers took part in a 5.5km race to mark the reopening of the venue. The runners included Brazilian marathon runner Vanderlei Cordeiro, bronze medallist at the Athens 2004 Games.
Also this week, Rio 2016 launched its Games Licensing Programme at a meeting organised at Rio’s Modern Art Museum. A total of 150 companies from various sectors (clothing, toys, school supplies, retail, etc.) attended. More info at


To mark 200 days to go until the London Paralympic Games, the IPC has launched its new-look web site. now offers the latest news with thousands of images of Paralympic athletes and hundreds of hours of video footage from previous Paralympic Games.

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